Quotation Novotny, Alexander, Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah. 2017. Oblivion of online reputation: how time cues improve online recruitment. International Journal of Electronic Business 13 (2/3), 183-204.




In online crowdsourcing labour markets, employers decide which job-seekers to hire based on their reputation profiles. If reputation systems neglect the aspect of time when displaying reputation profiles, though, employers risk taking false decisions, deeming an obsolete reputation to be still relevant. As a consequence, job-seekers might be unwarrantedly deprived of getting hired for new jobs and can be harmed in their professional careers in the long-run. This paper argues that exposing employers to the temporal context of job-seekers’ reputation leads to better hiring decisions. The visible temporal context in reputation systems helps employers to ignore a job-seeker’s obsolete reputation. An experimental lab study with 335 students shows that current reputation systems fall short of making them aware of obsolete reputation. In contrast, graphical time cues improve the social efficiency of hiring decisions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Electronic Business
WU-Journal-Rating new MAR-C, STRAT-C
Language English
Title Oblivion of online reputation: how time cues improve online recruitment
Volume 13
Number 2/3
Year 2017
Page from 183
Page to 204
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEB.2017.10003869


Novotny, Alexander (Details)
Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah (Details)
Institute for Information Systems and Society IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1161 Human-computer interaction (Details)
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